County Route 542 (New Jersey)

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County Route 542

CR 542 highlighted in red
Route information
Length20.57 mi[1] (33.10 km)
Pine Barrens Byway
Major junctions
West end Route 54 in Hammonton
Major intersections US 30 in Hammonton
CR 563 in Washington Township
East end US 9 in Bass River Township
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesAtlantic, Burlington
Highway system
CR 541 CR 543

County Route 542 (CR 542) is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 20.57 miles (33.10 km) from Route 54 in Hammonton to U.S. Route 9 (US 9) in Bass River Township.

Route description

CR 542 begins at an intersection with Route 54 in Hammonton, Atlantic County, heading east on two-lane undivided Central Avenue. The road passes through wooded residential areas, intersecting CR 724 and CR 680. Near Atlanticare - Kessler Memorial Hospital, the route intersects US 30, at which point CR 542 turns south for a brief concurrency on four-lane undivided White Horse Pike. Near Hammonton Lake, CR 542 splits from US 30 by heading east on two-lane undivided Hammonton-Pleasant Mills Road, soon intersecting CR 679. The road continues through a mix of homes and farms, turning northeast and entering Mullica Township, where CR 542 curves east again and passes through woods as it reaches a junction with CR 693. From this point, the route continues back into agricultural areas with some homes, meeting CR 658. CR 542 turns northeast and enters the Wharton State Forest, a part of the Pine Barrens. After passing to the north of Nescochague Lake, the road reaches the CR 623 junction.[1][2]

View west along CR 542 just west of the Wading River in Washington Township, Burlington County

Upon crossing the Mullica River, CR 542 crosses into Washington Township in Burlington County and becomes Hammonton Road. The road passes to the south of Batsto Village and makes a turn southeast into dense forests, running a short distance to the north of the Mullica River. After a turn to the east, the route comes to an intersection with CR 651 before coming to a brief concurrency with CR 563. Past this point, the road continues through rural areas for several miles, with a junction at CR 652. CR 542 enters marshland as it crosses the Wading River on a drawbridge into Bass River Township. A short distance later, the road meets CR 653 and turns southeast, running a short distance east of the Wading River through areas of forests and marshland. CR 542 turns east and comes to its eastern terminus at US 9 in the community of New Gretna.[1][2]

Major intersections

Route 54 (12th Street) to A.C. Expressway
Western terminus
US 30 west (White Horse Pike) – Camden
West end of US 30 overlap
US 30 east (White Horse Pike) – Atlantic City
East end of US 30 overlap
BurlingtonWashington Township13.0020.92
CR 563 south (Green Bank Road)
West end of CR 563 overlap
CR 563 north (Jenkins Road) – Jenkins, Chatsworth
East end of CR 563 overlap
Bass River Township20.5733.10
US 9 to G.S. Parkway – Tuckerton, Cape May
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d NJDOT County Route 542 Straight Line Diagram (PDF) (NJDOT) (Straight line diagram)
  2. ^ a b Google (January 1, 2011). "overview of County Route 542" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 1, 2011.

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